25 Reasons It Was Good to Be a Student at Prague College in 2019
Our Student Services Specialist, Ry Hallada, also doubles as one of our main photographers. Along with Michal Kroča, our graphic designer, the two of them do their best to document all of the great activities that happen in the Prague College community. Ry has offered to share his top moments and a few words on 2019 in the form of an album. Take a look, and click on any picture to see the full album!
"As the end of the year draws near, I find myself reflecting on the moments that I've had the privilege of capturing during 2019. Be it the welcoming of richly diverse groups of international students, or documenting their success throughout the year, there was always a reason to be proud to be a part of it all! Through my lens, here are 25 reasons it was good to be a student at Prague College in 2019." - Ry Hallada
"Although the year was just beginning, some of our students were wrapping up final projects and presentations. I am always amazed by the graphic design projects and fine art installations that our students produce. This event saw multiple classrooms completely transformed into interactive spaces, showcasing a wide variety of talent."
"It's always exciting to welcome a new group of international students to our community. This intake saw the addition of students from 20+ different countries, produced new Student Council members, empowered interns that secured employment, and saw an increase in student-driven initiatives."
"Our welcome parties are always a blast! Both new and current students get together for some light entertainment, a few drinks, and good music to kick off the beginning of another semester."
"The 2019 Career Fair saw interactive workshops, inspiring guest speakers, and an environmental discussion panel with leaders from some of the biggest industries! 25 different companies were present, ranging from multinational corporations to local start-ups. This was one of my biggest personal achievements of the year, and I am extremely grateful to all of the people that were involved."
"In 2019 Prague College celebrated its 15th year as an academic institution. The school has gone through many changes, challenges, and great achievements during this time. It's great that each experience has allowed us to continue to grow! 2020 will see even more exciting chapters unfold, and we look forward to you being a part of them!"
"Final shows from the School of Art and Design are some of the coolest things that I like to visit. The students often take over public spaces and completely transform it into audio, visual, and expressive experiences for guests to immerse themselves in. On top of that, our students get a sense for what it's like to exhibit as a professional."
"The space we have at at our Bishop's Court campus is home to Final Shows, the Visiting Artist Lecture Series, exhibitions, and social events. "Redefining space" is an understatement when it comes to the unique ways our students and lecturers bring that building to life."
"The Prague College community is very active when it comes to sustainability initiatives and environmental awareness. In 2019 we saw the finale of #NoTimeToWaste, and the introduction of #FacingChange as our annual themes. It's amazing to see so many students take on academic projects that make an impact in their personal lives, and in the classroom."
"The BA Creative Media Production students screened short films as part of their final exhibition. Being shown in a local, independent cinema made for a wonderfully authentic experience. I can't wait to see what the current CMP students will produce next!"
"It was such an honor to celebrate the 15th anniversary of Prague College at the British Embassy in Prague, with inspiring speeches from British Ambassador - Nick Archer MVO, Teesside University Chancellor - Paul Drechsler CBE, and Prague College Founder/Director - Douglas Hajek!"
"This fun group represents another 15+ nationalities that joined us in 2019. Students from this group have already gone on to become active Student Council members, student volunteers, and have performed at events displaying great talents!"
"It's always refreshing to meet even more new students with friendly attitudes and that are highly motivated. 2019 saw the addition of so many interesting, clever people. Thank you for making our community richer!"
"Before the semester officially kicks off, our annual BBQ is a great way to meet new friends and get to know the campus. With music in the background, the grill fired up, and some afternoon sun, it still feels like summer!"
"An event I always look forward to is the VR workshop exhibition that kicks off the fall semester at Prague College. Lecturers from the School of Art & Design guide students through the development and exhibition of virtual installations. Each piece is an original audiovisual interaction, and some are out of this world!"
"The 2019 fall semester's Welcome Party saw the introduction of Prague College Societies, the annual theme, and the Student Council invited new members to join. After a busy orientation week, it all feels worth it when the whole room is filled with smiles!"
"Explorer Benedict Allen deployed a fresh supply of motivation and inspiration in the first Prague College Talk of the semester. His stories brought us on a journey through nature, life, and challenges both physical and mental. It was the first of several amazing guest speakers throughout the semester!"
"Vítek's installation of VALS was not only filled with inspiring insight into his career, but he also shared his augmented reality work. The project combines digital smart phone technology with physical educational material in an interactive experience. It was easily one of the coolest things I saw during the semester!"
"The Prague College Student Council organized a Halloween Carnival that was free to all students. There were Halloween themed games, a fortune teller, tricks and treats! Great job everyone!"
"Prague College and Teesside University work together closely on creating innovative opportunities for our students. We teamed up with industry leaders from Coca-Cola, KPMG, CIMA, and Johnson & Johnson, to bring business experience of the highest level, to our professional community!"
"It's nearly impossible to choose one image that captures all of the joy and sense of achievement felt during the graduation ceremony. Our students go on to greatness in so many different ways, and we're proud to be a part of their journey! Congratulations class of 2019!"
"Our Alumni community continues to grow! It's so great to see our graduates succeed in their professional careers and we are always happy to share their stories! Even after their studies, our grads can count on us to provide support and guidance."
"One of my favourite things about Prague College is the wealth of guest speakers and professionals that share their experiences with our community. The topics are applicable to everyone, and the insight is priceless. To top it off, we are able to promote our own alumni in their work, achievements, and the stories they share with us!"
"In our classrooms, each student learns side-by-side with peers from all over the world. Over 70 different nationalities are represented at our university. Cultural diversity and a truly international atmosphere are some of the greatest things we get to share!"
"Our students not only talk about making a difference, they actively take on challenges that better themselves and the world around them. Sustainability has been one of the main things our community has focused on, and a lot of it is student driven, organized and produced. Great work everyone!"
"As a British University, we typically celebrate British holidays, and Christmas is no exception. This time we made some fun changes while also bringing back some of our favourite traditions! With such a diverse community, we also feel it is important to acknowledge that we all have our own traditions and beliefs. No matter how you celebrate, we wish all the best to our community during the holiday season!"
Note: The moments that were selected for this article were chosen subjectively, based on Ry's own personal experience. There are so many great things that happen throughout the year which are just as important to our community. We can't wait to see what 2020 has in store!